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Lizard [Original recording]

King Crimson Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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"King Crimson is, as always, more a way of doing things. When there is nothing to be done, nothing is done: Crimson disappears. When there is music to be played, Crimson reappears. If all of life were this simple". Robert Fripp

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Product details

  • Audio CD (10 April 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B00004SV70
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  DVD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,998 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Enigmatic 'Lizard' 12 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
Robert Fripp provides some skeptical and cynical notes about this album. In 2009, he wrote of "Lizard": "Labour and laboring, mostly joyous, strive effortfully to present appearance of cohesion". He also reminds us that "Lizard" was both not as commercially successful as other King Crimson albums and that he doesn't feel it is the most critically accomplished of his albums. That's a lot to say about your work. All the more amazing that Steven Wilson was able to convince Fripp to release this 5.1 surround sound version. This is even more surprising when you realize that "In The Wake Of Poseidon" was skipped temporarily.

Always an amazing mix of progressive rock and jazz, "Lizard" arguably stands out among the best King Crimson accomplishments. Noted for a variety of distortions/effects of different vocals, Wilson manages to extract them and balance them so they stand out clearly and crisply. In fact, all the instrumentals on every track are separated or enhanced to truly bring attention to every detail. These are things that are often missed on the stereo mixes.

"Cirkus" flat out rattles your senses with its mix of rock and freeform blasts. Fripp's mellotron is so powerful, it's stunning. Andy McCulloch on drums is dizzying and emphatic. These tracks (along with others here) take Pete Sinfield's lyrics and elevate the entire song to a nearly psychedelic level. "Happy Family", allegedly a comment on the Beatles break-up is one of the few songs that get muddied in the new mix, but not for great effort from Wilson. The original tracks and "scraps and fragments of stuff" were meticulously remixed. As Sid Smith notes: "For me `Lizard' has always been an album that was too big for stereo to contain.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Crimson Album 19 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD
Lizard is without doubt the most fully realised, perfectly executed and mysterious of all Crimson albums from their many pre-1974 line-ups. It takes many dozens of repeated listenings to reveal its manifest treasures and I'm still staggered at the sheer musicality and unflinching experimentation on this masterpiece. There's an all-pervading atmosphere of strangeness that colours this album and every track is genuinely a true work of art, as was the original gatefold sleeve of the vinyl LP, that I bought 2nd hand in the late 70s in my early teens and is something that I still treasure today (having bought the CD version as soon as it came out).

Having first been captivated by 'In the Court of the Crimson King', 'Islands' and 'In the Wake of Poseidon', I must confess being utterly lost the first half a dozen times I played it! There are almost TOO many musical ideas jostling for position in most of the songs and this can be disorientating at first. Apart from 'Lady of the Dancing Water' which is a beautiful, tender, almost madrigal-like ballad, every other track contains odd time signatures, impenetrable lyrics and astonishing non-linear structures where much of the instrumental passages are more reminiscent of free-form jazz than rock music. However, with some patience and an open mind, the beauty of this album and its long term rewards will surely be revealed to any true music lover.

There is little point on trying to describe the individual songs or comparing this to any other album created in the 1970s by ANY band, let alone Crimson themselves who were always trying to set the bar ridiculously high because of their leader Robert Fripp.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
For those wondering whether there are any sonic differences between this release - the CD stereo remaster - and the 30th Anniversary edition, let me make it very clear that there is a marked improvement on this release over the one from 10 years ago; amongst other things you can hear Keith Tippett's brilliant piano more clearly as well as ALL other instruments. As another reviewer mentioned, the improvements are more noticeable on 'Lizard' than those on 'Red' or 'In the Court of the Crimson King'.

Unlike other remastered albums by other artists, here the quiet bits remain quiet, and the loud ones remain loud, ie this is not only aimed at the mp3 generation, though this new 'Lizard' converted to mp3 files sounds superb.

The extra tracks are also much appreciated, particularly, in my view, Lady of the Dancing Water.

Haven't had a chance to listen to the DVD-A yet, but if the stereo CD version is this good, then the DVD-A will possibly be even 'better'.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Not everyone seems to get Lizard, but for musicians in particular, it is safe to recommend it strongly and unreservedly. Some masterpieces reveal themselves on first listening. Others may need numerous hearings before revealing their true glory. Lizard needs several listens. Thereafter it just keeps steadilyimproving (thirty years and counting so far).
The second half of the twentieth century included many pockets of intense innovation in music. Glenn Gould, John Coltrane and the Beatles, amongst many others, come to mind. One Holy Grail for musically ambitious musicians was (and remains) to find ways to create new kinds of music combining the strengths of the long tonal music tradition, mainstream popular music, and jazz. This proved hard to do well. It led to highpoints by, amongst others, Miles Davis, Soft Machine, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder and Radiohead (though the results were never to everyone’s taste). Lizard represents a magnificent and triumphantly successful original solution to this deep musical challenge, never achieved in anything like this form elsewhere. Despite many well-documented problems in making the album, the key elements are balanced in a way not achieved in any other Crimson album or indeed any other album. Harmonically, the songs are based around spines of carefully structured, mostly modal, harmonic sequences. The harmony is stated in textures which are often highly contrapuntal, with artfully inverted bass lines from famously disenchanted vocalist Gordon Haskell. As well as intricate and precise electric guitar from Fripp and emotionally compelling mellotron washes, it’s wonderful to hear Fripp playing a lot of deft acoustic guitar, and placing sparingly precise synth bleeps to great effect.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars but much better quality sound
As I keep it in mind, but much better quality sound. Some bonus tracks.
Published 6 days ago by Jager Pal
5.0 out of 5 stars lovelyjobbley
king crimson...amazing band amazing tracks
Published 10 days ago by ben
3.0 out of 5 stars Close, But No Cigar!
After a debut album that completely changed the face of progressive music and helped define the genre, King Crimson had released a credible follow-up with 'In The Wake Of... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Stotty
2.0 out of 5 stars so so
Always been a disappointment. First bought on vinyl on release, took it home, on to the Garrard sp25, and there was jon anderson. WHY? Almost a classic. Read more
Published 5 months ago by David A. Chapman
4.0 out of 5 stars Missing link
It's very odd hearing a 43 year old King Crimson album for the first time. I never did know of Lizard at the time (this was when if it wasn't in a shop you didn't know it existed)... Read more
Published 9 months ago by droflim
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful lost album in time
1st review, excuse my unprofessionalism.

Why choose this one you ask? the second concert I ever saw was King Crimson (1st was ELP), that concert is listed in KC's 40... Read more
Published 10 months ago by MrU
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter Crap!
Only just bought this debacle of a cd by King Crimson.
Sadly, everything after 'Court' and 'Wake' went downhill. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jackarmy1071
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia returns.
I bought this album on vinyl a very long time ago and just had to have the remastered version on cd as I am a big fan of the band .
Published 12 months ago by David McDonald
4.0 out of 5 stars Fond Memories of old times!
I am revamping my vinyl collection of King Crimson and the 30th Year Anniversary Editions are just fine within the limited sound of digital CD.
Published 13 months ago by Philip N. Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent if you like this sort of thing
An underrated and supeb offering.

Good work remastering too.

A work of art.

Could be seen as hard work though.

Published 16 months ago by michael barnes
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